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Vegetable prices soar on heat wave

All News 10:43 August 14, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- Prices of key food produce items in South Korea have continued to rise as weeks of hot, dry weather have affected fresh vegetable production, presenting a financial burden for households, a consumer agency said Tuesday.

Prices of 21 vegetables jumped 15.1 percent as of Aug. 10 compared with a week ago, the Korean Consumer Agency (KCA)'s price chart showed.

Prices of cabbage skyrocketed 83.5 percent over the period, showing the biggest rise of all, followed by cucumbers at 48.9 percent.

The prices of staple food items, including chives, hot peppers, radishes, squash, sesame leaves, potatoes and white cabbage, experienced double-digit growth over the period as an unprecedented heat wave dried up crops and caused illnesses in leafy vegetables.

In contrast, the prices of onions, carrots and sweet potatoes fell slightly over the cited period.

The prices of fish checked by the agency increased 3.3 percent compared with a week ago as warmer water temperatures affected the marine environment and the total haul, the KCA said.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it will come up with support measures to stabilize food prices, including more financial aid to farmers and livestock breeders. It will also increase the supply of pesticides.

Shoppers select vegetables at a supermarket in Seoul on Aug. 8, 2018. (Yonhap)

ejkim@yna.co.kr
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